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Priority Offenders Reform

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    Summary of reform

    One element of the Government's Reducing Reoffending reforms involves better prioritising and servicing a select group of offenders across the criminal justice system. The Priority Offenders reform consists of two components: the Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS) and Local Coordinated Multiagency offender management (LCM).

    Rationale

    The Department analysed which offenders should be given priority in order to have the greatest impact on reoffending rates and community safety. Priority reoffenders are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime. It is estimated that eight per cent of persistent NSW offenders are responsible for about 19 per cent of NSW crime.

    Based on this analysis, priority offenders have been defined as offenders with a history of reoffending or domestic violence offences and are at a medium-high risk of reoffending.

    The Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS)

    EOMS aims to reduce reoffending and increase community safety by applying well-established offender management practices at extra stages in the criminal justice system – between the time a person is charged and sentenced and after being released from custody, if they are not under parole supervision. Justice has engaged non-government providers to deliver EOMS in five locations:

    Dubbo: Mission Australia

    Lismore: Mission Australia

    Tamworth: Centacare

    Liverpool: arbias

    Parramatta / Burwood: arbias

    LCM

    LCM involves Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW), NSW Health, NSW Police, Family and Community Services (FACS) and Extra Offender Management Services (EOMS) working together to manage individuals residing in the community who have a history of persistent reoffending or domestic violence offences and are at a medium-high risk of reoffending. LCM recognises that to improve community safety some of these offenders would benefit from coordinated and intensive interventions and services that are tailored and targeted towards reducing their risk of reoffending.

    Local LCM coordinators

    LCMLiverpool@justice.nsw.gov.au

    LCMParramatta@justice.nsw.gov.au

    LCMDubbo@justice.nsw.gov.au

    Key changes

    • The Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS) will work with offenders to address the underlying causes of their offending, using case management and behavioural interventions.
    • EOMS is being delivered by non-government providers working closely with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and other organisations at a local level. 

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    Contact us

    Contact us about CSNSW Reforms by emailing CSNSWreform@justice.nsw.gov.au